Sunday, August 22, 2010

Masala Vadai

One of my favorite Indian snack is Masala Vadai.I recalled when I was young we used to buy Masala Vadai from a Indian guy who travel by his bicycle from house to house to sell his nuts products(kacang putih and etc) .I like anything with nuts or nutty flavor..I used to buy Masala Vadai in Indian town at Queens NYC but it's taste slightly different from the one I used to eat when I was in Malaysia..Well ,maybe I'm not used to the taste of masala vadai from the seller in NYC .Anyway,I found a Masala Vadai recipe from Agnes Chang cookbook.I adapted the recipe slightly to suit my taste..Moreover my curry plant which I bought months ago is growing thriving huge now. I took the advantage to use my precious curry plant to make this delicious Indian snack.I was amazed this snack is so easy and simple to make not to said it's taste almost the same as the one I bought in Malaysia!!

500 gm Channa dhal ,soaked 4 hours or overnight(I soaked overnight)
1 large onion,peeled and diced small
2 long red pepper,seeded and chopped
2 sprigs curry leaves,chopped
2 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp coriander powder
2 tbsp seasalt
2 cups canola oil for deep frying

Yield 10-12 pieces
1:Combine 1/2 portion of soaked chana dhal with cumin seed in blender.Blend well until smooth fine or paste texture.
2:Combine chana dhal paste with the remaining chana dhal,seasalt, curry leave onion ,coriander powder and red pepper in a medium bowl,mix well.
3:Scoop about 2-3 tbsp into your palm to make ball shape.Heat fryer or pot or deep skillet with oil at medium heat,about 300 f.
4:Slowly place ball shape channa dhal one by one into the fryer.Do not over lap or overcrowded the fryer.Fry until golden brown before remove and place on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
5:Serve warm as snack.
my precious curry plant!! channa dhal frying in pot
ready to serve


Unknown said...

That looks perfect for my vegetarian son. What other bean can I use for this dish?

Angie's Recipes said...

Never had these before...looks like a great snack.

ann low said...

How I wish I can try this, looks so yummy with full of ingredients in it.

MaryMoh said...

I grew up in Malaysia but can't remember whether I have tried these. They look very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

mycookinghut said...

This is one of my favourite snacks! I remember I learnt making this through an Indian lady who used to work for my parents...

ICook4Fun said...

I like this type of nutty vadai too. The old sold here has a hole in it and it's just like a savory dounuts. Wah you curry plant is growing very nicely. Mine is ok. Growing much taller but not too much of leaves.

Anonymous said...

yes it's a great to eat as a vegetarian..I dunno what bean for alternative but you can easily find channa dahl bean in any asian store..good luck!

it's great to munch when watching TV or tea time..

thank you:☺

Thank you for your kind lovely words..well I guess you left Msia long time ago..even today you still can find vadai in food court or road side vendor..

you have learn how to make vadai from Indian lady? hmmmm that great!! why don't you post and teach us the authenic vadai? I will love it♥

I know what you talk about the one in hole..I saw that kind of snack at Indian store but afraid to buy coz I didn't see any nuts on the outer layer..Anyway I place my curry plant facing sunlight all the time..

Audrey said...

Where did you get the curry plant? Will it survive the cold winter. I brought back some pandan plant, somehow it did not survive. Any tips?

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